Although it's billed as a photo editor, FileStream's Image Broadway does a lot more than touch up your photos. A recent (and steep) price cut makes Image Broadway a more affordable alternative to Adobe's Photoshop Elements, but it does have a few drawbacks. You can try Image Broadway (with limits) for free.
Lots of tools: Image Broadway isn't just a photo retoucher; it's a full-featured graphics editor with drawing, painting, filters, effects, layers, paths, and more.
Familiar face: Like most graphics editors, Image Broadway's layout and tools resemble Photoshop's but with its own touches, such as the expandable right sidebars.
Easy to learn: A good Help file illustrated with examples makes Image Broadway easy to pick up.
Tool issues: Some tools didn't work as promised. For instance, we couldn't use the Lasso tool to drag copied selections on the image, even with our Wacom pen and tablet.
Onscreen instruction is lacking: Despite the good Help file, the descriptions for the tools explain only how to use them: "Design Brush: Click and drag." It would be better to describe what they do.
Image Broadway is an affordable alternative to Photoshop and its many imitators. Though a reduced price makes Image Broadway more attractive, it faces stiff competition from freeware graphics tools, so try before you buy.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of FileStream Image Broadway 6.0.
FileStream Image Broadway 6 is a sophisticated yet simple image and photo editing tool. The new FileStream Image Broadway 6 comprises over 100 filters, special effects, and powerful adjustment and repair tools. It not only helps you to refine your images and to achieve professional, clean editing results, but also helps you to create artistic and interesting photos. With its fast filter browsing tool and the ability to create sequence of commands combination, FileStream Image Broadway 6 lets you achieve the best editing results for your photos almost as quickly as you can shoot them.
What's new in this version:
Fixed the align buttons issue with updated help on move Selections.